Tonic Theatre was created in 2011 with an aim to support theatre in achieving greater gender equality in its workforces and repertoires and now they have created Platform, a new initiative that seeks to tackle the same issue from the grassroots level of youth drama.
Why is it that Feminism is a word with negative connotations? If you ask the British public whether they are in favour of equality the vast majority will say yes, they definitely are. They will rightly argue that we fought for it in the past and we pursue it in the present for ourselves and future generations. Now ask them if they are a feminist...
Being a girl is hard because my body and sexuality is somehow everyone's business. I'm judged for the clothes I wear, the people I'm with and every little choice I make about what to do with my own body.
I know that some people will defend O'Reilly, and claim that his rapey comedy is satirical and not meant to be taken seriously - but on what evidence can anyone make that claim? Who are you to predict how people might respond to a comedian saying "Show her your penis. If she cries, she's just playing hard to get."
It seems to me that we women have a problem. We *sharp intake of breath*...age. It's true. Despite all scientific research, none of us has yet found a way to stop the march of time, regardless of which potions, lotions and treatments may promise us otherwise.
Let's clear a few things up here. Feminism doesn't ask us to be emotionless droids. It - quite actively - doesn't want us to be unhappy. It doesn't expect us to live in female-only colonies, or take some form of pride in being miserable islands - quite the opposite.
We need laws, and we need a shift in public discourse, that reflects this. If abortion was universally free, safe, accessible, and decriminalised up to the point of birth, pregnant people would not feel the need to place themselves in extreme danger time and time again.
Lara Croft is no longer wearing hot pants and yes, she probably knows more about ancient archaeology than you. Do you still want to play it? Of course you do, because you're not a moron.
Here, I want to stress that violence against women is far too common and is an extremely serious matter, which I would never want to be seen to advocate. I just believe that the conversation could be more effective if its emphasis is shifted to trying to stop violence as a whole.
On 15th June, 800 years ago the unpopular King John met with his unruly Barons at Runnymede to sign Magna Carta...
Recently there's been lots of discussion concerning Human Rights and who should determine our "Rights". So where do women fit into this debate? A core founding principle of The United Nations is "the equal rights of men and women". Then why is Parliament still predominantly male?
We are all, men and women, subjected to this marketing strategy of "You don't look like this. Look at all the fun, all the happiness, all the sex this person is getting. Buy our product to BE like them."
When reflecting on my choice to blame an invisible or fake boyfriend, I know that I am contributing to a much larger issue. By declaring myself as someone else's, I am indirectly saying that singledom warrants harassment. By all means, grab my hips - I'm solo!
I'm grateful and proud to be able to make my own money and not have to bully anyone else into giving it to me, literally or otherwise - #GiveYourMoneyToWomen is nasty and embarrassing coming from angry women hiding behind social media to fester over their apparent injustice in the world.
In bosses, it is to be expected, and there is a tacit tension of social support that enables this acceptance, while in the mere worker, it might be seen as a foible, to be tolerated only should they also do the job well and perhaps make people laugh along with them.
To me, all of the small stuff that objectifies and demeans women gives rise to the big stuff like rape culture, and there is no doubt that an urge to be sexy and fanciable to men comes from socialisation among women to do so from a young age.